WASHINGTON — In this week’s episode of the Political Fallout Shelter podcast, Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane III and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould preview Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ upcoming visit to Congress to discuss the fiscal 2019 budget and a host of other issues he might rather ignore.
They include President Donald Trump’s recent announcement to deploy military members to help secure the southern U.S. border, a move that Pentagon officials are still trying to walk back as less dramatic than the White House initially advertised.
That work comes amid the backdrop of looming confirmation hearings for the next Veterans Affairs Secretary. Leo and Joe discuss why that work will have a big impact on the military too, what veterans should be watching and whether the confirmations carousel on Capitol Hill will ever end.
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